Jill has read your entries and has picked her winner! And the person who will get a critique of her first 50 pages is…
Here is Katie’s winning entry:
Some people say a radical is born in an instant, like a crime of passion, but for 18-year-old Dani Caldwell, her transformation begins the summer of 1958, when she meets a boy in pre-revolutionary Cuba. She begins her journey as a girl troubled by her mother, fixed on career goals, and winds up a woman who must make hard decisions. She’ll have to choose between the man she loves and her American ideals. Lurking behind the scenes, a revolution that will test the bounds of their love, challenge their resiliency, and for Dani, change the very core of what she believes about her world. TLS is Havana Nights meets The Way We Were, in a Sue Miller-esque voice.
It had me intrigued, for sure. And Jill says she likes the concept! Congratulations, Katie! I’ll email you with the details on how to claim your prize.
Now, onto my picks! These three people will get a 35% discount on any services they wish to hire!
First, is the entry that got a special shout out from Jill, for “a really fun and original approach.”
Bad Decision #6 is a YA speculative novel, at 60,000 words. It’s a mash up of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Apocalypto with some weather manipulation.
Jane Benedict has a secret gift keeping her hidden underground from the government. She also has an inability to make the right decision. Will she ever learn?
· Leaving safety for cannibals, Bad Decision #1.
· Unleashing her gift to escape, Bad Decision #2.
· Leaving Nico, her knight in a rotting wolf pelt, Bad Decision #3.
· Encountering a tribe of natives looking to propagate the next empire, Bad Decision #4.
· Confronting the Chief. That wins her, Bad Decision #5, almost without a head.
· Waking up after the auction on a cot with the government she was supposed to avoid, Bad Decision #6.
This is my first novel. Thanks for your time and consideration.
Congrats, Michele Rieppel! Your entry got a honorable mention from Jill! And for that reason, you’re the first to get a 35% discount on any of my services!
The other two people who will get the discount are…
Kate Larkindale, with her “American Pie meets The Sessions” pitch, and Scott Forman, who intrigued me with a heroine that is “Hermione Granger meets Melanie Stryder”.
Michele, Kate and Scott, I’ll also email you with the details on how to claim your prize!
Thanks for the fun entries, guys! And a big thank you to Jill Marr for being such an awesome judge!